Beethoven Works For Piano Interpreted by S D Rodrian
Mozart was filled with musical ideas much like boiling water is filled with bubbles: all effortlessly playing off each other in indescribable harmony seemingly incapable of causing even a single one of them to burst. Beethoven, born into a Mozartian world, had to contend with a built-in antipathy towards the least dissonance when Beauty is but a fleeting escape out of all the ugliness surrounding it.
It took the celebrated genius of Mozart to force Haydn to "forgive" the occasional inevitable dissonance required by Mozart here & there. However, that "forgiveness" was not something Haydn would extend to Beethoven, as the young composer's compositional talents seldom gathered much more than contempt from his living teacher Haydn--making it much easier to see the debt Beethoven's compositions owe to Bach, who was probably his most important real teacher:
Compositionally, Bach was the greatest composer, of course. But Beethoven was perhaps the most human. Beethoven had an almost perfect grasp of the human soul & spirit. His music is the tumult that resounds naturally in the heart & mind of even the most unlettered of us--a human emotion which Beethoven eventually acquired the compositional learning to set in notes probably better than anyone before or since.
It is, nevertheless, a daunting task to set down our very humanity on a piece of paper--which is why while Bach could write a couple of notes & from there go on to compose an unbelievable masterpiece, Beethoven walked & wandered the world alone in his thoughts trying desperately to figure out as best he could how to write down what he felt at the depths of his being. Still, it is a matter of history that Bach, Mozart, & Beethoven all succeeded at that at which they aimed.
HOW I LISTEN TO THESE PIECES IN BED:
I have a cheap little MP3 player that has a volume range of 00 to 30 (I used 17 for these particular sonatas, and once in a blue moon 18 to hear them like Beethoven would have loved listening to them). Then I raise the BASS & that's it.
I use headphones (not earplugs): First I drop a long white cotton sock on top of my head & let it cover my ears (because it's easier to wash that than clean the ear phones); place the headphones over the sock and tie it all down to my head with an old stretchband I cut out of some old underwear shorts. Perfection.
My little MP3 player doesn't have balance controls so I just shift the headphones around a bit until I achieve the balance I'm most comfortable with & I'm good to go (as I start my sleeps sitting up). Some people like to bother others with loudspeakers, but I'm much too nice to do that.
I use very good earplugs but the same cheap little MP3 player. Same volume. Same higher BASS. Works for me.
Of course, using these specs I'd advise YOU to keep the volume around 12 so you don't damage your hearing [if you find you did, then stop listening to loud music for a few days and you will usually recover UNLESS you keep listening to loud music for prolonged periods of time even after you find you've done damage to your hearing].